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The Music of Bryce Dessner

“Dessner’s sensibility as a composer is furtive, urgent, intense—nothing at all, in other words, like his rock band.” —Pitchfork

Respected equally in the worlds of indie rock and new classical, sought-after composer/guitarist Bryce Dessner is busy making richly imagined music and defying definitions. Celebrate Dessner’s “gorgeous, full-hearted music” (NPR) in a full evening of kaleidoscopic work featuring the epic Lachrimae for 17 players that includes members of the SPCO and a resounding new piece with invented instruments for Sō Percussion. Collaborators new and familiar will be present as Dessner draws friends from both the pop and classical worlds to perform his work.

In addition to working with composers such as Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and David Lang, Dessner is also a guitarist with the National and cofounder of the instrumentalist group Clogs. As put best by composer Steve Reich: “I can’t believe one person can be such a good composer, a great guitarist, a wonderful curator—and a nice guy!” General admission seating.

Copresented with the SPCO’s Liquid Music series.


Support provided by Producers’ Council members Leni and David Moore, Jr. / The David and Leni Moore Family Foundation.

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